‘State of the Parish’ speech expected to address St. George

Mayor-President Kip Holden is scheduled to give his annual State of the Parish address to the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge at noon Wednesday.

Holden, who has been largely quiet on efforts to create a new city in the southern part of the parish, is expected to use the speech as an opportunity to speak out against the St. George incorporation attempt.

“You’ll hear my comments (about St. George),” Holden said of his speech plans during a recent radio interview. “Once and for all, I’ll make a definitive point.”

Supporters of St. George’s creation claim to have more than half of the signatures they need to put their proposal on a ballot for voters to decide. They have planned a $125-per person fundraiser later this month.

Meanwhile, a grassroots group of residents frustrated by a lack of clear opposition has formed to oppose St. George incorporation efforts, and a group of business leaders are expected to push a campaign against the proposed city.

During last year’s State of the Parish address, Holden focused his remarks mostly on crime.

He urged Gov. Bobby Jindal to hold off on state budget cuts to mental health and domestic violence programs, saying “Fallout from this endangers cities and public safety.”